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Exploring Professional Burnout in the U.S.

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Work-Life Balance and Locum Tenens

Exploring Professional Burnout in the U.S.

While professional burnout can affect workers across any industry, it’s a particularly widespread issue in healthcare. In 2017, 51 percent of physicians reported frequent feelings of professional burnout. For many of these physicians, pursuing a career in locum tenens has been the answer to greater work-life balance.

Experience Freedom and Flexibility

Establishing a positive relationship between work and the rest of your life, commonly known as “work-life balance,” is proven to reduce stress levels, increase focus and concentration, influence greater job satisfaction, and improve health. By offering their care at facilities in need of coverage, locum tenens providers help take the weight of extra shifts off the shoulders of permanent staff.

Locums themselves also experience greater work-life balance. In fact, the freedom and flexibility of locum tenens assignments are among the top reasons providers choose this career path. You’ll choose where you want to work, when, and for how long: a benefit not realized in permanent positions.

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What Is Locum Tenens?

Locum Staffing Combats the Physician Shortage

Latin for “holding one’s place,” “locum tenens” is simply another way to say “contract medical staffing.” A locum tenens staffing and recruiting agency such as Barton Associates places physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), physician assistants (PAs), dentists, and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) in short- and long-term positions across the U.S.

Whether they’re providing weekend shift coverage or filling in for several months while a facility searches for its next permanent provider, these locum tenens professionals play a critical role in helping hospitals, practices, and companies survive the ongoing physician shortage. By 2030, the U.S. is expected to experience a shortage of 40,800 to 104,900 doctors with an estimated shortfall of 7,300 to 43,100 primary care physicians and 33,500 to 61,800 physicians in nonprimary care specialties.

In response, healthcare facilities across the country are turning to locum tenens staffing solutions to ensure open revenue streams and continuous care for their patients.

All About Locum Tenens Jobs

Find Balance — and Your Ideal Next Job

There are endless locum tenens job opportunities for physicians, NPs, PAs, dentists, and CRNAs who want to explore the U.S., treat underserved populations, and experience work-life balance.

Discover the Benefits of a Career in Locum Tenens

If you want to see the country, make money while providing great care to a population who needs it, and achieve optimal work-life balance, locum tenens could be a good fit for you! Ready to get started? The Barton team will schedule a phone consultation to get a sense of what you’re looking for, then sort through open jobs in our extensive network to identify which ones best match your interests and skill set.

Review Your Options and Select Your Perfect Job

Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your opportunities, we’ll take care of the rest. Your Barton rep will submit your information to the hiring managers of the jobs that interest you. When there’s a match, we’ll work with the hiring manager to finalize your employment agreement.

Start Your New Job and Experience Balance!

The Barton team handles all licensing, credentialing, and travel before you arrive, plus works with your new facility to ensure you’re ready to go on day one. All you have to worry about is showing up and providing the best care possible!

Working as a locum reignited my healthcare passion.

John A., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, California

Medicine is local. With locums, you see different ways to treat the same condition, and it does broaden your horizons.

Dr. Neil B., Locum Tenens Physician, Virginia

I think older physicians will enjoy working longer as locums than they would in busy emergency departments.

Dr. Craig S., Locum Tenens Physician, Michigan

I tell other providers how fun locum tenens is — to travel, to see different things, to go to a different facility.

Dawn S., Locum Tenens Physician Assistant, Georgia

I am having the time of my life working as an independent physician. Barton has treated me wonderfully.

Robert R., Locum Tenens Pediatric Hospitalist, Illinois

The best part of it is that you are being well paid for your adventure.

Bob B., Locum Tenens Surgeon, New York

I love the control locum tenens gives me over my work life. I work when I want, where I want.

Renee D., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, Minnesota

Locum work gives me huge flexibility and variety, and has been amazing. I'm very happy to work with Barton Associates.

Mark V., Locum Tenens CRNA, New Hampshire

Barton rocks. My recruiter gets it. I recommend my clinician friends sign up to work locums with Barton. Pronto!

Patricia A., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, California

What a perfect job!

Barbara G, Locum Tenens Physician, California

Barton folks have worked hard for me. Overall, I have been happy with Barton!

Barry P., Locum Tenens Hospitalist, Nevada

Working locum tenens has been great as an NP because I’ve been able to work in states that have full scope of practice.

Marti J., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, Mississippi

I go back to locum tenens with Barton because of the passion and diversity. Most days it doesn't even feel like work!

Danielle K., Locum Tenens Psych NP, Florida

Locum tenens means FREEDOM. I get calls from other companies many times a week, but Barton is where I stay!

David C., Locum Tenens Psychiatrist, North Carolina

I find Barton’s help with workplace issues to be an amazing service in helping me help patients.

Dan S., Locum Tenens Dentist, Wisconsin

Barton Associates has always organized my travel as a locum flawlessly.

Jan R., MD, Emergency Medicine Locum, Idaho

Working through Barton has proven to be positive for me, and I recommend the company to my colleagues.

Lillian O., Locum Tenens Psychiatrist, Illinois

From the first moment I spoke with my recruiter, I knew that I had found the right locum tenens company to work with.

Jenny B., Locum Tenens Nurse Practitioner, North Carolina

From day one, I have been thoroughly impressed with Barton's continued commitment to me as a nurse practitioner locum.

Jennifer B., Family Practice Locum Tenens NP, Pennsylvania

Barton Associates is such a great group to work with, and I am grateful to be working with such a caring organization.

Sandra C., FNP-BC, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner

I am speechless. Wow. You did a great job and I really appreciate your persistence and ongoing feedback.

Betsy O., MD, Locum Tenens Physician, Oregon

I would highly recommend Barton Associates to anyone looking to work with a locum agency.

Paul H., Urgent Care Physician

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